MACK BROWN: 'My status has not changed, I'm still the coach of the Longhorns'
POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:16am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 2:17pm
San Antonio, Texas (KETK) — Veteran University of Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown addressed the media, Thursday morning, in his Alamo Bowl Press Conference prior to the much anticipated game, Monday, December, 30, where UT will take on the Oregon Ducks.
Brown spoke on the talent the Longhorns will face in the Alamo Bowl game as they go head to head with the Ducks.
"The Ducks are as good as any team in the county and very well were a BCS National Championship contended has it not been for a few slip ups due to injuries of key players," said Brown.
Brown went on to address his status as head coach of the Longhorns saying, as of now, his status has not changed.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich also joined Brown at the podium to discuss the hype surrounding a game between two of the most respected programs in college football.
"Mack is an icon of the game and Texas has been really good to us for recruiting," said Helfrich. "As I started watching film on these guys (UT), that’s not fun. They’re big and fast and physical."
Photo from UT - Mark Helfrich and Mack Brown prior to press conference.
Rumors circled the college football world beginning Monday addressing Brown's tenure coming to an end in Austin. A meeting between Brown and the UT Board of Regents is reportedly scheduled to take place Thursday night, where it is expected, Brown will step down as head coach. A formal announcement concerning Brown's fate is reported to be made Friday.
The news of Brown's potential departure was first reported by Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com, the Longhorns Rivals website which focuses on UT athletics.
Prior to Brown's lengthy tenure at Texas, he was head coach at Appalachian State, Tulane and North Carolina.
He has won the following championships at the University of Texas:
BCS National Championship (2005)
Big 12 Championship (2005, 2009)
- Big 12 South Division (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Brown is currently the highest paid employee in the University of Texas system racking up over $5 million a year. He is only second in Longhorn wins with 158 behind D.K. Royal who recorded 167 in his time at UT.
He also caught heat for reportedly missing out on impact players, who showed interest in UT, including former Heisman winners Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, 2013 Heisman front runner, Jameis Winston and star Oregon wide-receiver, Josh Huff.
Texas essentially played for the BIG 12 Championship, Saturday, but the high-octane Baylor Bears rolled over the Longhorns, 30-10 in Waco, handing Baylor their first ever BIG 12 trophy and a Fiesta Bowl bid.
Stay with KETK for the latest on Mack's future with the Longhorns.